Teaching assistants (TAs) play a crucial role in motivating and engaging students in computer science courses. However, they often lack the necessary teaching experience and skills. A project led by Brett Jones, a professor in Virginia Tech’s School of Education, aims to improve the training opportunities for TAs in computer science. The project received a grant of $399,592 from the National Science Foundation and involves the development of a teaching assistant training prototype. The goals of the project include improving the quality of teaching provided by TAs, increasing student engagement and retention in computer science, and promoting representation of minority students in the field. This initiative highlights the importance of applying research from educational psychology to real-world problems and improving teaching in computer science courses.